Collaborative Reduces CLABSI Rates Through Techniques, Teamwork and Culture Change
Neonatologist Eugenia K. Pallotto, MD, writes in Infection Control Today: To curb the growing problem of hospital-acquired infections in the NICU, 17 children’s hospitals from The Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC) teamed up in 2011 to form the SLUG Bug (Standardizing Line care Under Guideline recommendations) collaborative. The goal? To study ways to reduce infections from the central lines and provide better practice recommendations for neonatal healthcare professionals in care and maintenance of central venous catheters (CVCs). Through efforts of the collaborative, we were able to reduce the level of infections by nearly 20 percent across the participating healthcare organizations. But achieving success took more than just improving technology and procedures, it took multidisciplinary teams working together and culture change.
Neonatologist Eugenia K. Pallotto, MD, medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); medical director of ECMO; and professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine